Impact of Compressed Schedules on Student Success

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Nancy Silva
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Status Report

This issue is addressed in an appendix to the FAQ paper on alternative calendars, adopted in Spring 2000, in Santa Monica College's research newsletter, "The Standard Deviant."

Whereas Resolution 9.05 S99 directed the Executive Committee to study and research compressed course offerings, including the effects on student learners, and

Whereas certain courses are taught in time periods less than 18 weeks, such as weekend courses, 4-week courses, and 9-week courses, and there seems to be a tremendous amount of variety now existing with respect to length of course, target population, and selection of courses offered in a compressed schedule, and

Whereas there seems to be a lack of general agreement on which courses should be delivered in a compressed manner without loss of quality, and

Whereas such compressed scheduling decisions are primarily driven by administration in order to bolster enrollment and increase financial resources but student success is best measured in terms of academic achievement rather than enrollment numbers, and the faculty are the arbiters of academic quality,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges reaffirm its Resolution 9.05 S99 and again urge the Executive Committee to conduct research to ascertain the impact of compressed schedules on student success.